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12/19/14 10:59am

We’re looking at the top 15 Holiday themed commercials of 2014 this year. What we’re looking for in the commercials is the message of spreading happiness during the holiday season. This one from Dick’s Sporting Goods is called ‘The Hoop’. This awesome Christmas ad shows the enduring meaning of a simple gift like a basketball hoop through the poignant story of a father and his daughter.

What do you think? Do you have a favorite commercial you have seen this year that we should feature? Let us know in the comments below.

Top 15 Holiday Commercials

12/19/14 10:19am

Via WMATA, whether you’re traveling to shopping, visiting family or friends, or heading out of town, Metro will make getting around a bit easier this holiday season with very limited track work affecting train schedules between now and Christmas. As such all 91 stations and all lines will be open and humming this weekend with NO track work scheduled.

And the people rejoiced!

12/19/14 10:02am
Open House signs in Alexandria, Virginia

There are dozens of homes for sale with open houses in Alexandria, Virginia scheduled for this weekend, December 20-21 2014. You can view them at this link. Rentals with open houses are at this link.

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12/19/14 9:27am

Pilot Project to Improve Resiliency and Efficiency

alexandria logoThe City of Alexandria has been selected by the Chesapeake Crescent Initiative (CCI) for its second “Safe + Smart Cities” pilot program, which provides free services to help localities harden their resiliency and maximize their operational performance through the efficient use of technology. In particular, the program supports the City’s existing “safe and smart” goals of being a safe and secure community with an effective and well-managed government.

“The CCI pilot project in Alexandria will provide valuable information and unbiased recommendations that can help enhance our communities’ resilience, quality of life, and economic growth through technology and innovation,” said Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Local officials echoed the Governor’s sentiment: “Alexandria is pleased and honored to be selected as a participant in CCI’s Pilot Program,” said Mayor William D. Euille. “We believe the benefits we will gain in collaboration and partnership with the consulting team will enable our city to enhance its sustainability, resilience, and commitment toward our future growth and success.”

CCI is a public-private collaborative founded in 2008 to support technological innovation. Its Safe + Smart Cities coalition comprises a group of world-class experts from technology industries, academia, government, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the law, and the financial sector. Through its pilot projects, the coalition provides pro-bono expertise and recommendations to selected municipalities in the mid-Atlantic region. Recommendations are intended to provide pragmatic and feasible options to help visionary urban communities achieve or exceed their “safe and smart” objectives while also increasing global competitiveness, sustaining regional economic growth, and improving the lives of residents.

The Alexandria pilot project will kick off with a collaborative discovery process to better understand the City’s technological maturity, particular risks and vulnerabilities, infrastructure status, and tools available to help implement the City’s goals. The process culminates in a collaborative workshop between the City and the coalition. Based on the workshop and additional research, the team will produce a Safe + Smart City “blueprint,” which will outline major recommendations for improving and integrating critical hard and soft infrastructure functions such as buildings, public safety, energy, transportation, water, wastewater, and information and communication technologies.

CCI’s Safe + Smart Cities Coalition includes the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; the law firm of Holland & Knight; academic institutions such as Virginia Tech, the University of Maryland, and the University of Delaware; technology firms such as Cisco, Schneider Electric, AtHoc, Verint Systems, Inc., and Priority 5; the investment firm National Standard Finance; and federal and state government agencies such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The ultimate objective of this pilot project is to develop a tangible, actionable and comprehensive Safe + Smart Cities program to improve local governments’ routine and crisis operations; expand urban data analysis; create new linkages between community residents; expand participation in government; and model public-private collaboration.

For more information about the Chesapeake Crescent Initiative, visit this link.

12/19/14 9:20am
DASH bus

The City of Alexandria Office of the Arts and the Alexandria Transit Company have joined forces to host a poetry contest called “DASHing Words in Motion”. The poetry contest is to encourage quality writing by writers and poets 16 years or older, who live, work or study in the City of Alexandria. The deadline for submitting entries is 5 p.m. on Monday, January 12, 2015. Winners will have their poems published inside the Alexandria Transit Company’s DASH buses and Trolleys in April 2015 in celebration of National Poetry Month and May.

The poetry contest’s primary goal is to encourage a broad range of ideas and subject matter. Possible inspirational ideas might stem from the Alexandria Transit Company’s DASH buses motto which is “Keep Alexandria Moving,” or bus stops, neighborhoods, roads, or other modes of transportation within the City of Alexandria, VA. The contest will bring recognition to writers, promote an appreciation of poetry as an art form, and provide inspiration to individuals using the Alexandria Transit Company’s DASH buses and trolleys.

Additional information including submission guidelines and frequently asked questions about the contest can be found on the Office of the Arts’ website at, email at, or by phone at 703.746.5588.

“DASHing Words in Motion” is a project of the Office of the Arts, a division of the City of Alexandria’s Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities along with the following collaborating partners: Alexandria Transit Company (DASH); Tori Lane, the City of Alexandria Poet Laureate; Alexandria Commission for the Arts; and the Alexandria City Public Schools.

12/19/14 9:12am
Panera Bread in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia

As our readers are well aware, Panera Bread is expanding in Alexandria into Carlyle at the old location of the Plaza Gourmet at 1940 Duke Street in Alexandria located across the street from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Construction has started on the space and sources tell me that residents and employees in the Carlyle neighborhood of Alexandria can expect an openning in mid to late January of 2015.